Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1998. Forefront Films, Sneak Preview Entertainment. Screenplay by P.J. Castellaneta. Cinematography by Lon Magdich. Produced by Megan O’Neill, Harold Warren, Steven J. Wolfe. Music by Lori L. Eschler. Production Design by Timm Bergen. Costume Design by Sharon Lynch. Film Editing by Tom Seid.
Witty independent films about groups of young people trying to cope with modern life are a dime a dozen, but when they’re this enjoyable you can’t begrudge a director for riding a well-worn wave. P.J. Castellaneta has put together a group of very talented actors (Jennifer Tilly being at the top of the heap) to play an assortment of amiable characters who experience difficult situations but always have each other’s friendship to rely on. The climax of the film is a vicious gay-bashing scene that leads its main victim Vincey (Mitchell Anderson) to react very rashly in return. The rest of the film is spent watching the characters trying not to talk about the event and, in doing so, they spend all of their time talking about it. The story never bogs itself down in preachy monologues or pretentious revelations; it’s extremely funny, quick-witted and very touching. Lori Petty is wonderful as a love-lorn lesbian who claims to be so butch she makes Janet Reno look femme.